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New church and community centre in use for first time this weekend

Posted on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 7:22 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Church and Community Centre, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Hundreds of people attended the first services to be held in the new St Michael’s Church and Community Centre at Stoke Gifford this weekend (25th/26th April).

Members of the congregation were able to use the centre, built on derelict land in North Road, for  the first time for the annual Church Weekend and 10.30am and 6.30pm Sunday services.

For more than a decade, the 10.30am family service has had to be held in two separate locations – the 14th century church and the former village school, known as the Old School Rooms – as the church is no longer large enough to accommodate the growing membership.

The new building is a key element of the St Michael’s Heart of the Community project which also includes the refurbishment of the Old School Rooms, which are used for church and community activities, as well as the restoration and upgrading of the old church. The church, which has a Norman font and was mentioned in the Domesday Book is a familiar sight to passengers passing through Parkway Station.

The auditorium at the new centre is capable of seating 350 and facilities include room for a shop, a large reception area, church office, conference areas for schools and businesses, meeting rooms and accommodation for wedding receptions, birthdays and other celebrations.

Further meeting and community rooms will be provided during the final phase of building, including a large kitchen and an extra 220 seats in a balcony overlooking the auditorium.

More: 3,000 homes due to be built in the parish over the next decade »

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Employee seriously injured in accident at Little Stoke recycling centre

Posted on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 5:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

The Stoke Gifford Sort It! recycling centre in Station Road, Little Stoke has been temporarily closed today (Thursday 9th April) following an accident in which an employee of the site operator SUEZ Environment (formerly SITA UK) suffered “serious” injuries.

The incident is understood to have occurred at approximately 9.45am and the injured employee was taken to Southmead Hospital by paramedics. A statement issued at midday described the employee’s injuries as “serious, but not life-threatening”.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said:

“A SUEZ Environment employee was unfortunately injured in an accident involving a SUEZ vehicle at the Stoke Gifford Sort It! centre earlier this morning. We have closed the centre whilst the police and SUEZ carry out a full investigation and the Health & Safety Executive has been informed.”

A SUEZ Environment spokesperson added:

“The injured employee was in the process of exchanging containers when a collision occurred with a shovel loading vehicle. The incident took place in an area of the site that is off limits to the public.”

“While the police enquiries are ongoing, it has been necessary to close the site to members of the public today. We expect that it will reopen as normal tomorrow (Friday 10th April).”

“Anyone wishing to visit the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre today should instead use the facilities at Yate, Mangotsfield or Thornbury. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.”

Photo: Archive image of the Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre.

Related link: Sort It! centres (South Gloucestershire Council)

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Developer’s masterplan for 2,000 new homes east of Harry Stoke

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:51 pm by SH (Editor)

East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood Strategic Masterplan: Access and Movement Strategy.

Crest Nicholson has published a strategic masterplan for an area of Green Belt east of Harry Stoke and south of Bradley Stoke where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be built by 2027.

The masterplan amplifies the vision and objectives for development set out in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Core Strategy, adopted in December 2013, which identifies the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood as a strategic housing site.

SGC is inviting comments on the developer’s masterplan through a public consultation which runs until 23rd April 2015 (recently extended from 11th April).

Copies of the Crest Nicholson masterplan may be viewed online at

Paper copies are available to view at local libraries and the council’s One Stop Shops.

For more information, contact SGC’s Customer Service Centre on 01454 868004.

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